By Matt Leon
WEST CHESTER, Pa., (CBS) — After 27 years at the helm of the West Chester University women’s basketball team, head coach Deirdre Kane announced her retirement on Tuesday.
West Chester alum, and Kane’s longtime assistant, Kiera Wooden, will take over the program starting with the upcoming 2014-15 season.
The announcement of the passing of the torch from Kane to Wooden came at a Tuesday afternoon press conference on campus.
“It was really touching,” Kane told KYW Newsradio in a phone interview following the press conference. “There were former players, current players, people I worked with at the university. It made me very emotional. Of course they asked the legacy question at the end and I broke down a little. But it was just very joyful really. Especially with my assistant being announced (as the new head coach) at the same press conference. And my family being there, my husband, my son and my daughter-in-law and my future grandson. It was just a great day.”
She says the decision to retire was one that had been in the works for awhile.